понедельник, 5 ноября 2012 г.

Brewer And Shipley - Down In L.A. 1968
(CD - 2012 Now Sounds #CRNOW 32)

Artist: Brewer And Shipley
Album: Down In L.A.
© 1968 A&M Records, SP-4154
℗ & © 2012 Now Sounds Records
Catalog #: CRNOW 32
Release date: April 3, 2012
Format: FLAC (cue+log)
Bitrate: lossless
Genre: Pop-Rock, Folk, Psychedelic, Garage
Length: 00:29:30

Как дуэт , Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley , начинают выступать в самом начале 60х , в Лос - Анжелесе , где они часто пересекались в различных музыкальных клубах с фолк направленностью. Первый альбом выходит в 1968. На втором альбоме ( Weeds ) в качестве гостей принимали участие Jerry Garcia, Mike Bloomfield и Nicky Hopkins. Альбом 1971 года , не смотря на запрет раскрутки его по радио , прочно засел в амекриканской десятки. После этого успеха Brewer и Shippley перебрались на жительство на ферму , где то в Миссури и творили совместно до 1979 года. 
В 1989 немного погастролировали вместе , по просьбе радиостанции Kansas City station . В 1995 году дуэт выпустил первый новый совмесный альбом , впервые за , почти ,20 лет. И сейчас дуэт по прежнему выступает, дает живые концерты. Совсем недавно, в 2012 году они выпустили свой новый альбом "Dancing With My Shadow".
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 Review by Richie Unterberger
Brewer & Shipley's first album was gentle late-'60s folk-rock with touches of pop and country, with Jim Messina and Leon Russell among the session support. It's pleasant but on the bland side, bearing some superficial resemblances to early Simon & Garfunkel in the duo's vocal harmonies. Of all the many folkys to make a transition to electric folk-rock in the 1960s, Brewer & Shipley retained more of the wholesome, strident qualities of early-'60s folk revival harmonizing than almost anyone. It's given an up-to-date (by 1968 standards) production, though, with a full rhythm section and some light orchestration. They get a little more soulful and earthy than usual on "Time & Changes," but for the most part it's placid and breezy stuff, bridging the folk era and the mellower folk-rock to come in the early '70s. "Mass for M'Lady" is an exception to the general mood with its mournful tune and gothic, keyboard-centered arrangement, and is for that reason a standout.

Brewer & Shipley mean nothing in the UK and little more in the US having had only one hit over the pond in the early 70's ('One Toke Over The Line') however they did produce some excellent music in their time in a folk-rock / soft-rock vein. Their most renowned albums ('Weeds' & 'Tarkio') were reissued by the now defunct Collectors Choice Music a few years ago and I thought they made good listening with strong playing and superb harmonies but were occasionally let down by slightly weak, sentimental songwriting. It is therefore a pleasant surprise to see this reissue of B&S' '68 debut album from the estimable Now Sounds label and it turns out to be better listening than either of the B&S albums mentioned above with better songwriting (plenty of minor key folk-rock with occasional psych tinges) and playing from members of the legendary 'Wrecking Crew'. None of the songs are widely known apart from perhaps 'Keeper of The Keys' which was covered (well) by the psych combo; "H.P. Lovecraft" but all the songs are good to excellent with haunting melodies with arrangements primarily based around acoustic guitar (which they wisely stuck to throughout their career since this sound has aged well; think "Kings Of Convenience" and the like from the noughties).

 ♪ Tracklist:

01. Truly Right
02. She Thinks She s A Woman
03. Time And Changes
04. Small Town Girl
05. I Can t See Her
06. Green Bamboo
07. An Incredible State Of Affairs
08. Keeper Of The Keys
09. Love, Love
10. Dreamin In The Shade (Down In L.A.)
11. Mass For M lady
12. Keeper Of The Keys (Mono Mix) (Bonus Track)  

Mike Brewer – vocals, guitars, percussion
Tom Shipley – vocals, guitars, percussion
Nick DeCaro – strings, horns
Jim Gordon, Hal Blaine – drums
Lance Wakely – elecdtric guitar, harp
Milt Holland – percussion
Lyle Ritz, Jim Messina, Joe Osborn – bass
Russell Bridges – electric piano, organ
Mike Melvoin – organ

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2 комментария:

  1. http://shorsnatka.blogspot.com/2013/05/music-100-brewer-shipley-and-buffalo.html

    попытался найти максимальное количество их альбомов. соответственно, все залил.